Vanuatu – Port Vila & Espiritu Santo Diving

We pulled into Port Villa, Vanuatu around 7:00 am in the morning.  The island was surrounded by quiet, calm seas and the sun shone over our heads.  I shot some photos of the rock formations (not seen here) as we made our way to dock.  This was an interesting island to visit with its open-air market, small shops, and cool dive spots.

David Loughlin

Good morning, Vanuatu!  I’m so excited to explore this island, both above ground and under the sea.  This is the view from our ship early morning, looking back towards the entrance of the harbor.

Locals selling their goods in the open-air market.

Before I went in search of uncirculated bundles of money at the central bank that sat at the top of a hill, I took this shot from the bottom.

Headed out on an early morning dive, I got this view of the Iriki hotel in Port Villa from the dive boat.

 

S. S.  P R E S I D E N T   C O O L I D G E
E S P I R I T U   S A N T O – V A N U A T U
I love meeting new friends while abroad.  While in the South Pacific, I met a couple who live near me in Northern California.  What a small world!  The following high-resolution images are courtesy of Ian Lennard & Carrie Berkovich.  Thanks, guys, for sharing your beautiful images!

Live mortar rounds leftover from WWII are lying around beneath the sea on a sunken cargo ship.  Photo of Ian Lennard

Carrie Berkovich, peering into cargo hold 1.

Carrie Berkovich,  playing with guns on deck.

Carrie Berkovich examines a live mortar round.

 

Exploring cargo hold #1

M I L L I O N   D O L L A R   P O I N T
L U G A N V I L L E – V A N U A T U
This dive site was named Million Dollar Point for a reason.  After WWII, the U.S. Armed Forces attempted to sell millions of dollars worth of jeeps, bulldozers, trucks, fork lifts, tractors, unopened boxes of clothing, and cases of Coca-Cola, etc. to anyone who wanted them.  Since nobody wanted to buy these things, the military bulldozed everything into the ocean out of spite, leaving behind an underwater graveyard of junk.

This old tugboat at the bottom of the bay is the first man-made thing I approached on this dive.

The deck of the tugboat.

Love this guy.  Ian Lennard.

Old forklift at the bottom of the bay.

Hey, is this camera still on?

There are jeeps and old WWII vehicles all over down here.

More trucks.

Old buildings and structures just decomposing.

T W I N   B O M M I E S
P O R T  V I L A  – V A N U A T U
This was a spectacular dive; I had never seen such a healthy reef and thriving sea life.
Enjoy the video; I have not extracted stills from this one yet, so sit back, relax, and enjoy this dive.

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